Dr. Eilber explains if urinary incontinence during pregnancy can increase a woman's risk for developing incontinence again later in life.
Many women have questions about incontinence around the time of pregnancy. For the most part, women who have incontinence immediately after delivery will resolve within 6 to 12 months afterwards. So, if a woman is referred to me soon after delivery with incontinence, I usually tell the patients just to be patient, it will get better. However, if a woman does have incontinence during pregnancy, she does have a higher chance in the next five years of actually developing stress incontinence later.
As far as surgery for stress incontinence, because it’s mostly done through the vaginal canal, patients are usually advised not to exercise or do any strenuous activity for about two weeks after surgery. If they also have their bladders lifted, then we usually have them restrict activities for about four weeks after surgery.
About Dr. Karyn Eilber, M.D.:
Dr. Karyn Eilber, M.D., is one of the few board certified female urologists in the Los Angeles area that is fellowship trained in the treatment of incontinence, voiding dysfunction, and female pelvic reconstruction. Dr. Eilber received her medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine and completed a urology residency and fellowship also at UCLA.
Following fellowship training, Dr. Eilber joined the Department of Urology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she gained extensive experience in pelvic reconstruction following cancer treatment and treating male incontinence after prostatectomy. Since returning to California, her practice is focused on vaginal reconstruction and the treatment of both men and women for incontinence and voiding dysfunction.